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Slaves and Masters in the Ancient Novel

Stelios Panayotakis & Michael Paschalis (Eds.)

Series: Ancient Narrative Supplement 23

ISBN-13: 9789492444196

Publication year: 2019

Publication type: Book

Pages: 300

Cover: Hardcover

Price excl. VAT: 95.00

Price incl. VAT: 103.55

The present volume contains revised versions of most of the papers that were delivered at RICAN 7, which was held in Rethymnon, Crete, on 27-28 May 2013. The focus of the conference was on the portrayal and function of male and female slaves and their masters/mistresses in the ancient novel and related texts; the complex relationship between these social categories raises questions about slavery and freedom, gender and identity, stability of the self and social mobility, social control and social death. The papers offer a wide and rich range of perspectives: enslavement of elite women in Chariton's Callirhoe and Stoic ideas of moral slavery in Dio Chrysostom (Hilton); reversal of social status and techniques of (self-)characterization in Chariton (De Temmerman); the interaction between implicit and explicit narratives of slavery in Chariton and its effect on the readers of the novel (Owens); the narratological, structural and symbolic centrality of slavery in Xenophon's Ephesiaka (Trzaskoma); the socio-historical dimensions of slavery and the prominent discourse on despotism in Iamblichus' Babyloniaka (Dowden); the balance between historical accuracy and fiction in the representation of slavery in Achilles Tatius (Billault); animals, human slaves and elite masters, and the presence of Rome in Longus' Daphnis and Chloe (Bowie); the distribution of slaves on the geographical, cultural and moral maps drawn in Heliodorus' Aithiopika (Montiglio); slave women and their relationships to their mistresses as positive and negative paradigms of love in Heliodorus' Aithiopika (Morgan and Repath); the freedman's world as a self-perpetuating and closed universe in Petronius' Satyrica (Bodel); beauty, slavery and the destabilization of societal norms and authority figures in Petronius' Satyrica (Panayotakis); the interaction between Roman comedy and elegy in the representation of the relationship of Lucius and Photis in Apuleius' Metamorphoses (May); a comparative analysis of the semantics and function of slavery-related terms in pseudo-Lucian's Onos and Apuleius' Metamorphoses (Paschalis); enslaved and free storytelling in the Life of Aesop and the history and evolution of the ancient fable tradition (Lefkowitz).

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Acknowledgments   vii

Costas Panayotakis
Introduction   ix

John Hilton
The Role of Gender and Sexuality in the Enslavement and Liberation of Female Slaves in the Ancient Greek Romances   1

Koen De Temmerman
Noble Slaves: The Rhetoric of Social Status Reversal in the Ancient Greek Novel   19

William M. Owens
Callirhoe: A Therapeutic Slave Narrative   37

Stephen M. Trzaskoma
Slavery and Structure in Xenophon of Ephesus   55

Ken Dowden
Slavery and Despotism in Iamblichos' Babyloniaka   75

Alain Billault
Achilles Tatius, Slaves, and Masters   95

Ewen Bowie
Animals, Slaves and Masters in Longus' Daphnis and Chloe   107

Silvia Montiglio
They Get By Without a Little Help From Their Slaves: The Exceptional Destiny of Chariclea and Theagenes   127

J.R. Morgan and Ian Repath
Mistresses and Servant-women, and the Slavery and Mastery of Love in Heliodoros   139

John Bodel
Liber esto: Free Speech at the Banquet of Trimalchio   161

Costas Panayotakis
Slavery and Beauty in Petronius   181

Regine May
Apuleius' Photis: Comic Slave or Elegiac Mistress?   203

Michael Paschalis
Masters and Slaves in pseudo-Lucian's Onos and Apuleius' Metamorphoses   221

Jeremy B. Lefkowitz
Reading the Aesopic Corpus: Slavery, Freedom, and Storytelling in the Life of Aesop   233

Contributors   259

Abstracts   263

Indices   271
Index locorum   271
General Index   273